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For humanity's sake, don't call Islam a religion of peace: Taslima Nasreen

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Published Jul 4, 2016, 11:05 am IST
Updated Jul 4, 2016, 3:31 pm IST
'You don't need poverty, illiteracy... to become an Islamic terrorist. You need Islam,' tweeted Nasreen.
Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen is known for her harsh criticism of Islam. (Photo: AFP)
 Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen is known for her harsh criticism of Islam. (Photo: AFP)

New Delhi: Noted Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen on Monday hit out at Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for mourning the deaths of those killed in Friday's Dhaka attack and reminded her she was silent on the killings of  'secular bloggers, gays, Hindus' in the country.

Her tweet came hours after she called Bangladesh a major contributor to global terror and said Islam was not a religion of peace anymore.

"For humanity's sake please do not say Islam is a religion of peace. Not anymore," she tweeted. 

Twenty people were killed in Dhaka after terrorists stormed into a local bakery and held the customers as hostages. The Sheikh Hasina-led government had claimed that all terrorists involved in the seige were from rich and affluent families and some of them were highly educated.

Nasreen cited this information to argue that poverty and illiteracy are not the main factors that drive people into becoming terrorists.

Nasreen is known for her strong feminist stand and harsh criticism of Islam. The author left Bangladesh in 1994 and has been living in exile ever since as she has repeatedly received death threats from various outfits for her views and works.

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